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SLUG Magazine interviews Leader King

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015

Democratic Leader Brian King was interviewed by SLUG Magazine – here’s the description:

Before the new legislative session begins on Capitol Hill, SLUG writer Alex Cragun spoke with Rep. Brian S. King about the biggest issues you should be paying attention to, as well as how to find out more and get involved.

Listen here: Leader King interviewed by SLUG Magazine

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In Honor of Speaker Becky Lockhart

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015

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House Democrats remembered Speaker Becky Lockhart today as a great leader, example to many, and close friend. 

From a previous release, House Democratic Leader Brian King said, “Speaker Lockhart was a huge part of our legislative family. We had the great honor of working alongside the first female speaker of the house, and she made that title proud. She served this state with exemplary commitment, and shared with us a vigorous vision for a better Utah. We are grateful she has had tremendous support from her community and family these last few days. I will remember her with affection and with the utmost respect as colleague, and as a leader.”

 

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During a memorial service at the Capitol, Former Democratic Leader David Litvack spoke during the memorial, calling Speaker Lockhart a “mensch”, or person of great integrity. He remembers her less for the work they did together, and more for the friendship they shared.

 

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House Democratic Whip Rebecca Chavez-Houck stated, “This is a terrible tragedy. Speaker Lockhart was a firm and valiant woman who stood up for what she believed in, even to personal sacrifice. As an elected official, she represented the people of her district well. As a leader, her unyielding commitment to her values and beliefs was evident. The Speaker will stand as an amazing example to young women across Utah on the importance of women in community service, elected or otherwise. We are so saddened at this loss. Our love is with her family at this time.”

 

 

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To the Speaker: You were firm, ferocious, compassionate and strategic. You were all the things needed to make a great Speaker, and an interesting friend. Although we never expected to live in a world that you had left, your mark remains in your family and your never ending presence at the Legislature. Thank you for your time, your service, and your courage.

 

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House Democrats Remember Speaker Lockhart With Love and Respect

Posted by on Jan 17, 2015

Media Statement

 

For Immediate Release: January 17, 2015

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

House Democrats Remember Speaker Lockhart With Love and Respect

 

Salt Lake City- After the passing of Speaker Becky Lockhart, House Democrats express their love and gratitude for her service.

 

House Democratic Leader Brian King said, “Speaker Lockhart was a huge part of our legislative family. We had the great honor of working alongside the first female speaker of the house, and she made that title proud. She served this state with exemplary commitment, and shared with us a vigorous vision for a better Utah. We are grateful she has had tremendous support from her community and family these last few days. I will remember her with affection and with the utmost respect as colleague, and as a leader.”

 

House Democratic Whip Rebecca Chavez-Houck stated, “This is a terrible tragedy. Speaker Lockhart was a firm and valiant woman who stood up for what she believed in, even to personal sacrifice. As an elected official, she represented the people of her district well. As a leader, her unyielding commitment to her values and beliefs was evident. The Speaker will stand as an amazing example to young women across Utah on the importance of women in community service, elected or otherwise. We are so saddened at this loss. Our love is with her family at this time.”

 

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Democrats Encourage Spiritual Unity and Religious Freedom

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015

Media Advisory

 

For Immediate Release: January 15, 2015

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | houseminmedia@le.utah.gov

 

Democrats Encourage Spiritual Unity and Religious Freedom

 

Salt Lake City- House and Senate Democrats will hold a press conference on Friday, January 16th, in recognition of National Religious Freedom Day. House Democratic Leader Brian King will sponsor a bill recognizing the day as a Utah holiday as well, and encourages spiritual unity in a time of world wide uncertainty.

 

Representative King said, “One of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, was so proud of the American tenet of religious freedom that he demanded it on his headstone. His legacy is one of liberty, and one that every Utahn can embrace. The state and the country are changing, and with that change comes inevitable uncertainty. Democrats stand ready to protect religious freedom, and we encourage our colleagues to do so as well.”

 

Who:               House and Senate Democratic Caucus Members, Leaders of Religious Communities

What:              Press Conference Addressing Religious Freedom

When:             Friday, January 16, 2014, 3:30 pm

Where:                        Presentation Room, East Entrance, Utah Capitol Building

 

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Utahns Favor Campaign Contribution Limits

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015

A new poll released by Utah Policy this morning shows that Utahns overwhelmingly support campaign contribution limits.

House Democratic Leader Brian King has been running a bill to limit campaign contributions for several years, most recently only failing in the House by a vote of 35 to 38. Campaign contribution limits are important to curb the influence donations can have on an elected official. In a 2013 Op-Ed, Representative King wrote, “We do not believe members of any party are immune from the effects of money on the judgment of elected decision-makers. We recognize this possibility is an ever-present danger.”

Utah is one of only four states without campaign contribution limits. The recent scandals surrounding past Attorneys General only highlight the need for limits to restore the public trust in its elected officials. Representative King commented in the same article that while pay-to-play government is never the intent of an official when granting political access or favors, that it is human nature to want to favor or consider those who have supported a candidate.

Representative King hope to pass limits this year, but can use your support. Tell your legislators by clicking here that you want them to support HB 60 – Campaign Finance Amendments.

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Democrats Demand Action on Access to Health Care

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014

Media Statement

 

For Immediate Release: December 4, 2014

 

Contact:          Elizabeth Roberts, Media Coordinator

Utah House Democratic Caucus

801-835-7087 | lizabeth.verse@gmail.com

 

Democrats Demand Action on Access to Health Care

 

Salt Lake City- Democrats in the Health Reform Task Force today are asking their Republican colleagues to support action that would close the health care coverage gap left open by the state’s refusal to expand Medicaid. Healthy Utah, the Governor’s Medicaid expansion alternative, was revealed in the task force meeting and presented to the committee as a whole.

 

House Democratic Assistant Whip, Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck, spoke about the potential plan, saying “The information shared today regarding increased projected numbers of potential enrollees seems to apparently give some legislators on our Health Reform Task Force extreme heartburn.  This is merely a new red herring, in my opinion. There will always be some variability in projections…something that other expansion states have been able to absorb and which have been offset by numbers of reduced emergency room visits and increase in appropriate utilization. Let’s not mimic Washington and its continued policy paralysis.  We can do right by our citizens who have paid into the system and deserve coverage.”

 

“This is no longer about saving face – it’s about saving lives. The time to act is now.  We have the numbers we need, and every month that is proposed for more research or more information puts Utahns lives at risk. The Governor has negotiated, in good faith, with the federal government to bring back Utah’s taxes to the state. The plan is written. It is time for the Legislature to prove how different we are from Washington, and to move on this issue – protecting Utah’s working families.”

 

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Job Announcement: House Minority Caucus Communications Coordinator

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014

J o b  A n n o u n c e m e n t

HOUSE MINORITY CAUCUS COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

SALARY RANGE : Negotiable: $10.00 to $35.00

APPLICATION PERIOD : December 1, 2014 – December 10, 2014

AGENCY : House of Representatives, Minority Caucus

LOCATION : Utah Capitol, Room 400

BENEFITS : No Benefits

PART/FULL TIME : Varied

JOB CHARACTERISTICS

The Coordinator will work full-time during the General Legislative Session and part-time as
needed during the interim period, under the direction of the House Minority Leader, to
coordinate and maximize print and electronic exposure and coverage. The Coordinator will
work closely with caucus members, members of the media, advocates, lobbyists and stakeholders
involved with the legislative process. The Coordinator will participate with leadership team on
message development.

TASKS

Work under the direction of House Minority Leadership; develop issues strategy, media plan,
and messaging; organize press briefings and press contacts; work with caucus members to
develop and coordinate communications on their specific issues; maintain and update the House
Minority web site and blog, and social media; build rapport with members of the media; organize
media needs and provide public relations services, as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of or skills/ability to media production, communication, and dissemination
techniques and methods including alternative way to inform via written, oral, and visual media;
deal with and interact with people in a professional manner including those from diverse
backgrounds; enter, transcribe, record, store or maintain information in either written or
electronic form; evaluate information against a set of standards; communicate information and
ideas clearly, concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing; grammar, spelling and
punctuation skills; plan, organize and prioritize time and workload in order to accomplish tasks
and meet deadlines; advocate and defend administration and agency policy with the news and
other public media to include determining media strategy, writing press releases, and presenting
information to wire services and reporters; ability to handle assignments of a politically sensitive
nature on a confidential basis.

EDUCATION

Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, political science, or related field or equivalent
experience

ADDITIONAL PREFERENCE

Two years of experience working with the media and/or public relations.

SUBMIT RESUMES TO:
Jen Jankowski, House Minority Administrative Assistant
Utah House of Representatives
350 N. State Street, Suite 400
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114
801-538-1650
jjankowski@le.utah.gov

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